Friday, April 29, 2011

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

I'll buy a beer...

...for whoever correctly guesses this establishment first.

Mostly because I want to go there and have a beer.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Weekend Reflections: Tulip Fields Forever

A field of yellow tulips is reflected in my daughter's sunglasses.
Well, actually, they're MY sunglasses. The borrowing has started already.

If she was a folk singer in the 1970's, this would totally be her album cover.

Click to see the rules and to take a badge for yourself.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tulip Town

It may officially be the coldest April on record for our area, but the rainbow hues of tulip fields warm our hearts, if not our chilled fingers and icy noses.

This was taken at Tulip Town, Skagit Valley.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Sea of Green

While camping in Birch Bay State Park, we came across this sea of green plants, rioting out of the spring-warm soil. We thought they must be some kind of lily, and we were sort of right-- they're called false lily of the valley. They're also known as snakeberry and two-leaved Solomon's seal, and from root to berry have been used for their medicinal properties for thousands of years.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Skywatch Friday: Sunset Through a Tree

the wispy tree
lays her spindled fingers lightly
over the sun
caressing it like a departing lover 
she can't wait to see again

Skywatch Friday

This is my last post until Monday, because we're headed to nearby Birch Bay for a teensy little camping getaway. Hopefully we'll have decent weather and I'll return with some lovely photos to share.
Send warm weather thoughts our way, and happy weekend to all!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Collins Wireless Telephone

This wireless telephone from 1909, at the American Museum of Radio and Electricity, is the last known surviving Collins Wireless Telephone.

Archie Frederick Collins was a controversial figure, and possibly a fraudulent one. He toured the United States with his Collins Wireless Telephone Company, setting up demonstrations and selling stock. While his wireless telephone allegedly sent communication, in one instance, from Newark to Philadelphia, Collins and his associates were accused and convicted of using wildly misleading claims of the technology to sell worthless stocks and bonds. In addition, Collins was charged with giving a fraudulent demonstration of his technology at Madison Square Garden. He served one of his three years sentenced, and afterward wrote books for teenagers about radio and science.

The American Museum of Radio and Electricity, on Bay Street in Bellingham, has artifacts ranging from the earliest electrical experiments in the 1600's to the golden age of radio in the 1940's. AMRE boasts the largest private collection of 19th century electromagnetic apparatus, rare and original books and papers by Galileo, Benjamin Franklin, Newton, Gilbert, Hertz, Volta and Marconi, and over 1,000 antique radios, among many other amazing exhibits.

For a recent Bellingham Herald article about the museum, click here.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Doting Parent

This stately mother/father is always somewhere nearby her/his nest at the edge of Whatcom Falls Park. This was taken across the street at Bloedel Donovan Park-- still within an eagle-eyed view of her/his babies.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Everybody's Store

Tucked in a valley along the south fork of the Nooksack River, Everybody's Store is a a throwback to a simpler time. A foodie's destination in what looks like an old gas station on the side of the highway, it's stuffed with unique cheeses, wine and all kinds of funky knick-knacks and crafts. When the proprietor slid our sandwiches across the deli counter they reminded me of the kind of sandwich Dagwood might have made.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Spring Scarves

One scarf dangles over the others where someone pulled it out to look at it. I wonder why they didn't buy it?

This was taken outside Sojourn on Railroad Avenue.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Functional Art

The 10th Annual Recycled Arts and Fashion Show kicked off this weekend in Bellingham and Seattle. Brought to our community by the wonderful RE Store, in conjunction with local galleries, artists, educational organizations and non-profits, this ode to sustainable beauty is something I look forward to every year.

In the "functional art" gallery at the RE Store, you can find a lamp made out of CD's, a roller-skate clock, a bench made from a headboard and some doorknobs, and this-- a Space Needle floor lamp by Pat Tassoni, constructed from warehouse light lenses, shelving rail, hubcaps and high-voltage insulators.

I've only visited the gallery at the RE Store so far, but I hope to make it to at least one of the other galleries at the Allied Arts Center on Cornwall, the Smith & Vallee Gallery in Edison, or Blowing Sands Glass Studio in Seattle. Along with the gallery showings, there are also two trash fashion shows coming up: April 16 in Seattle and April 23 in Bellingham. Together, the events create the biggest showcase of salvaged-goods art and fashion in the Northwest.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Opening Day at the Farmers Market

Bellingham mayor Dan Pike holds aloft the green cabbage that has been chosen for the Cabbage Toss-- a tradition that opens the Bellingham Farmers Market every spring. The other tradition-- rain and low temps-- also happened this year, but didn't stop the throngs of hardy Bellinghamsters from enjoying opening day at the market.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

American Museum of Radio and Electricity

Bellingham is home to the American Museum of Electricity and Radio with collections spanning from the dawn of the electric age in the 1600's to the golden age of radio in the 1950's. Many of the displays are rare or one of a kind apparatus and texts collected by founders Jonathan Winter and John Jenkins. This display is a replica of the Marconi Wireless Room on board the Titanic. The equipment is from a sister ship of the Titanic and is still functional.